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Survivor XE665 (ex G-BWGM)

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XE665 - Privately owned (stored), Cotswold Airport, Kemble, Gloucestershire

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Hunter T.8C XE665 at Kemble, 17th April 2016; author

This is XE665, built as an F.4. XE665 served with 118 Squadron in RAF Germany, but after only a couple of years was converted to a T.8 and issued to the Royal Navy - re-entering service with 764 NAS. Shortly after transfer to the HMS Heron (Yeovilton) station flight, she was repainted in blue and white Admiral's Barge colours. She went on to serve with 759 and 738 NAS at Brawdy, before returning to Yeovilton and the ADTU, and later FRADU. She also spent some time with 237 OCU at Honington but finished the last few years of her career back at FRADU in an overall EDSG colour scheme. After retirement in 1995 she was acquired by the Hunter Flying Club at Exeter who wanted to put her back into the Admiral's barge colours that she wore while operated by FONAC at RNAS Yeovilton, but never managed to get the sponsorship they needed to do so. She then moved on to Delta Jets at Kemble where she was part of the spare Hunter line on the north side of the airfield. With Delta's collapse, she eventually moved on to Midair Squadron who painted in their corporate silver scheme and use her as a static exhibit. She was briefly displayed at the Goodwood Revival in 2014 but returned to Kemble, and with Midair's collapse has been up for sale ever since. She is in open store at Kemble in the mean time.

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